Organizational statement on medical marijuana
The Lupus Foundation of America supports further scientific research on the use of cannabis and its derivatives (medical marijuana) for treating and alleviating the symptoms of lupus. Research conducted to date has shown that cannabinoids may be somewhat effective in treating pain from arthritis and related conditions, but other research has also suggested potential adverse effects and interactions with medications. Further scientific research on its effects for people with lupus is needed to provide evidence regarding its safety and effectiveness.
We strongly recommend that those with lupus engage their doctors in a frank conversation about the use of cannabis and its derivatives before considering use for lupus.
Browse more articles in the National Resource Center on Lupus for more information on other treatments being studied for lupus.